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January 14th, 2024

deafPLUS Wellbeing Event, Edgbaston Community Centre, 26 September 2023

Gerry was invited to give a talk about his solo circumnavigation at  deafPLUS Wellbeing event on, 26 September 2023.  Many thanks to deafPLUS for inviting Gerry to such an interesting and informative event. deafPLUS is a registered charity that aims to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK by […]

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July 13th, 2023

British Deaf Sports Heritage Sports Hall of Fame

Gerry was  inducted into the British Deaf Sports Heritage  Sports Hall of Fame on 1st July 2023. This honour was presented to Gerry at the Deaf Sports Personality awards night in Twickenham Rugby Stadium, London. More information about the Sports Hall of Fame and the athletes recognised for their exceptional achievements is available  at British […]

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April 12th, 2023

New initiative: Junior Deaf Golf

Gerry is teaming up with Cathkin Braes Golf Club to create a joint project to provide opportunities for deaf children and young people to participate in golf. Gerry  is keen to ensure that the project will not only give deaf children and young people the chance to try golf, but also provide professional coaching to […]

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December 20th, 2022

Gerry Hughes made life-time honorary member of Cathkin Braes Golf Club

Gerry was made a lifetime honorary member of Cathkin Braes Golf club in December 2021.  A family friend introduced Gerry  to Cathkin Braes Golf Club when he was about 10 or 11.  Gerry took up golf after returning to Glasgow from  boarding school in England. Gerry has represented Scotland internationally six times at the World […]

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November 15th, 2022

Gerry joins forces with the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation

Gerry is alway keen to support promote sailing opportunities for disadvantaged children. That is why he is delighted to support Buoyed Up.  Buoyed up provides opportunities for 10 to 12 year old children growing up in areas where there are fewer opportunities to develop different interests and learn about the wider world. It delivers a unique […]

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November 15th, 2022

Gerry receives Honorary D.Litt from the University of Glasgow

  In July 2014, the University of Glasgow awarded Gerry an Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)  in recognition to his contribution to education,  disabled rights, and sports. The University of Glasgow Story: Gerry Hughes

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Gerry Hughes on his sailing boat

March 8th, 2022

Gerry Hughes wins first RYA Sailability Personal Endeavour Award

Gerry Hughes received  with  the first  ever RYA Personal Endeavour Award.  It was presented to Gerry on the ITV programme Surprise Surprise. The award recognises Gerry’s historic achievement as the  first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handedly around the world via the Great Capes.

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March 8th, 2022

Bridging Our Differences by Gerry S M Hughes

  Gerry’s remarkable story is captured in his book ‘Bridging our Differences’. Part autobiography, and part real-life adventure, ‘Bridging our Differences’, tells the story of a deaf young boy who battled against the odds to succeed in the ultimate sailing challenge and much much more. Buy Bridging our Differences from Amazon Buy Bridging our Differences […]

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March 8th, 2022

Outstanding Achievements Award

Gerry was presented with and Outstanding Achievements Award at Cathkin Braes Golf Club at their first Honorary Membership Celebration Dinner Friday on 27th March 2015. The award was presented by Frank Munro (Captain of Cathkin Braes, Golf Club). During his acceptance speech, Gerry explained that he felt very privileged to receive the award.  He inherited […]

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Left to Right: Gerry Hughes, Kay Hughes, Colin Allen (President World Federation of the Deaf, Australia), Hanne Berge Kvitvær

October 10th, 2016

Deaf Culture Festival, Stavanger, Norway

Deaf Culture Festival, Stavanger, Norway 21-23 October 2016 Gerry gave the closing lecture at the Deaf Culture Festival in Stavanger on Saturday 22nd October.   More than 500 deaf people attended over the weekend.  Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to create such a successful event.  Special thanks to Hanne B. Kvitvær at NDF Stavanger who […]

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